With over 46 million members in different parts of the globe, Avaaz—a civic organization based in the U.S—is the world’s largest and most powerful online activist network, according to The Guardian. The group, founded in 2007, relies on its website to recruit new members as well as perform core duties like welcoming petitions from members.
A glaring gap exists between the world we have and the world most people everywhere deserve. Issues like corruption, poverty, climate change, conflict, etc., are everyday challenges that make life unbearable. Avaaz is keen on eliminating such challenges or at least minimizing them, through empowering millions of people from all occupations to take action. The group has adopted the use of many languages—17—to communicate to a bigger audience.
Since it is easy for both members and non-members to start petitions, Avaaz receives hundreds of thousands of petitions each day. The group, however, has mechanisms in place to enable it to arrange petitions in order of urgency. Avaaz’s team of specialists review petitions from members and send tester emails to some members; Depending on the feedback that tester emails receive, a petition may be declined or opened up for all Avaaz’s members to partake in it.
Avaaz has existed for 11 years, and the group has much to write home about. In the interest of fighting climate change, Avaaz drummed up support for the signing of the Paris Climate Accord. The BBC credited Avaaz for mobilizing people to participate in peaceful street protests that created awareness around climate change issues and the need to act. Other Avaaz’s achievements include challenging Monsanto, encouraging people globally to be hospitable to refugees, etc.
Avaaz came to life courtesy of efforts of different organizations and many like-minded individuals. The organizations that spearheaded the formation of Avaaz are Res Publica, MoveOn.org, and Service Employees International Union. Individual co-founders include Ricken Patel, Tom Pravda Tom Perriello, etc. Ricken Patel is the current president of Avaaz. Click here